Kenneth W. Abrams Partner

Ken serves as lead counsel to global manufacturers and suppliers in product liability, consumer class action, environmental, and complex commercial litigation cases in federal and state courts.

Manufacturers in the automotive, energy, food and beverage and retail sectors turn to Ken for guidance as they navigate product liability and consumer actions claims related to product labeling, defective product design and manufacture, and environmental issues affecting large classes of property owners and residents. He is known for his courtroom work litigating difficult cases and issues in unfriendly venues. 

Ken also has extensive experience coordinating and litigating hundreds of related cases involving consumer fraud and mass environmental claims.  Most recently, he has represented clients before Virginia, Oklahoma, Maryland, and Delaware state and federal trial courts, as well as the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Virginia Supreme Court, and the Oklahoma Supreme Court, on matters related to consumer class, mass actions, and environmental tort cases. Ken also represents clients in connection with personal injury claims, including claims alleging injuries as a result of exposure to hazardous materials and allegedly defective products.

While earning his law degree from the College of William and Mary, Ken was a member of the William and Mary Law Review and Trial Team.

Experience

Representation of an automobile manufacturer against thousands of claims arising from allegedly fraudulent advertising of vehicle environmental features.

Representation of an energy company against class and mass action claims alleging that disposal of water produced during fracking operations caused widespread earthquakes.

Representation of an energy company against state enforcement actions alleging widespread destruction of coastal wetlands.

Representation of large hospitality company in commercial franchise disputes.

Representation of a police officer in high-exposure personal injury litigation pending in federal court.

Defense of food product manufacturer in class action cases related to allegedly deceptive product labeling.

Defense of retail seller of motor oil products in multiple class action cases related to allegedly deceptive product labeling.

Representation of a large utility company in connection with pipeline contract disputes pending in federal court.

Defense of car manufacturer in class action litigation related to alleged vehicle defects.

Defense of energy utility company in mass environmental tort litigation.

Representation of a Big Three automaker in numerous products liability cases concerning the use of asbestos in friction products.

  • William & Mary Law School, JD, Order of the Coif, Member, William & Mary Law Review, 2009
  • University of Richmond, BA, magna cum laude, 2006
  • Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia
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